Re-inventing yourself and your craft

Every now and again, it’s important to stand still and take a look at how you are doing. Yes, really. Not only health-wise, but much, much broader and deeper. Starting with ‘do you still like the way you look’ and ending… I don’t know where yet, but I’ve arrived at ‘what would you like your spiritual practice to look like’. Along the way, I am effectively re-inventing myself and the way I work. Because I take my time for it, I’m convinced it will work better, making me happier as a result! Who wouldn’t want that? In the meantime, though, you might have noticed the blog being somewhat silent. With taking a look at yourself, you also uncover things you are not happy about at all (like my current job-status…). In my case, I didn’t feel like writing during this period. However, most of it is now over and back on track, so I’ll start posting again!

I’d like to give you three examples of what I did and how it helped me. You might also want to try out some these options 🙂

Shopping for clothes can take me forever, because I don’t know what suits me, and I have often bought clothes that either didn’t really fit or that eventually didn’t really suit me. Since that is quite important, both for my feelings of self-esteem and for my job interviews, I decided to change this! I took an online colour-analysis to discover what colour clothes I would probably look best in. Turns out that with my blond hair, light blue eyes and skin that easily gets sunburned, I am a light summer type, so I look best in soft pastels (yes, I tried it and it’s actually true). Anything but hard, clear colours, actually. I also looked at my body type, which is athletic with quite broad shoulders. I might be able to tone this down by wearing drapey clothes or soft-shouldered clothes. Since my wardrobe needed some new additions for autumn and winter, I went shopping and put this new knowledge into practice. I got a bordeaux tunic that I love, and a blue-ish sweater that hugs my body and shows of my waist. I also decided to get a few good, fitting bras. Turns out I’ve been wearing the wrong size for ages (though this is what the tests used to say). So I am perfectly happy now with how I clothe myself and I love seeing myself in the mirror in these new outfits!

My days were jumbled, with email overflowing, no clear structure to my days, notes in notebooks all around the house. I am now working on a routine so I can get this all in check. Recently, I rediscovered Evernote, a note-taking app that stores your notes in the cloud and lets you access them from all kinds of devices. I am using it now to try and go paperless, clearing the mess from notes all over the house. The papers I do still need are filed in organizers that I can easily find, so I don’t have to go searching for one particular note anymore. I either pick up the right organizer or use Evernote’s search functions. I am trying to create a daily planning in Evernote as well, not exactly like Getting Things Done, but something similar that I think will work for me. Each day, I want to produce several notes: one dealing with how I slept, for how long, whether I had any dreams and how I feel when I wake up, another with all my meetings, to do’s and planned time for self-improvement, and a third with stuff I want to remember or track over time (number of steps I walked each day, what I ate, what fitness things I did, what I really enjoyed today etc.). I will keep a paper diary as well, but Evernote will provide me with prompts, so I know something to fill my diary with. And I can always take a picture of the diary pages and put that into Evernote. This will also include some blogging prompts 🙂

Spirituality is somewhat important to me. As a witch, I want to celebrate nature, honour the Gods and Goddesses and get to know (and improve) myself to enhance my spiritual practice. But in reality, I barely have a spiritual practice. I very much like my altar, but I have it in a room that we barely use, surrounded by clutter and it is not directly visible from the hallway because there is a desk chair in front of it, which actually annoys me most. This again makes that I do not go and sit at my altar and meditate, do spells or rituals or that I am reminded of my path. And I dislike that feeling. With Evernote, I am challenging myself to enhance my spiritual practice and make it how I would like it. This means I want to meditate every week, speak out gratitude daily, craft something (and cook something special) every sabbat and esbat and observe nature daily. And, most importantly, I want to learn more and create my own knowledge base. 

By doing these three things and more, I am getting back on track. It takes some hard work, but it’s good to re-invent yourself every now and again. And as you meditate and get to ‘know thyself’, you might realize you are at the crossroads again, with the possibility to stray from the path and change yourself.

Guided Mabon meditation

Meditation is a wonderful technique, not only to relax, but also in magical working. For me personally, at this moment, I’ve only worked with visualization. Making pictures in your mind and focusing on them is a very powerful tool and actually one most people already learn to employ naturally during childhood. Many games involve imagination and visualization, and children are very good at it. I used to play a game where someone else would lie on the ground with their eyes closed and I’d tell a story and at the end of the story they were allowed to open their eyes again… it took me years to realize I was actually doing a guided meditation.

Guided meditations are my favourite, and on YouTube, you can find literally hundreds, if not thousands. Sometimes the voice sounds a bit weird, but just try to ignore that and listen to the tale (or search another if it’s too distracting). A few days ago, I found a guided Mabon meditation. A soothing voice, the symbolism and images that belong to the equinox and just long enough to be comfortable. As it says in the description, it is meant for Mabon, but much of the symbolism is also generally fall-related, so obviously you can enjoy it now as well.

There is much more to find, all different kinds of treasures online, so if this one doesn’t suit you, there are lots of other options. Let me know what you think!

Guided Earth Meditation

When I was a kid I used to camp outdoors with my parents and my brother. As things go at that age (8 maybe 9 years old), we made friends easily and knew our way around in a couple of days. One of the thing I used to do quite frequently, was telling my friend a tale and walking around them while doing so, as she was lying on her back with her eyes closed. When she opened her eyes, she felt all calm again. It wasn’t until I started investigating the various methods of meditation that I realized I was providing a guided meditation! I wrote it down when I realized that, but forgot about it again. This afternoon, looking through papers, I found it again and I’d like to share it with you!

It’s a lovely day. The sun is shining brightly, not a cloud on the sky. You are lying on the grass is a field, all by yourself, nobody around. You’re not doing much and nothing much is happening either. Until, all of a sudden, you feel the earth open up underneath you. You tumble down into the darkness and can only watch the earth close itself above you. You are paralysed with fright. Then you suddenly hear footsteps above your head. You try to move, but you can’t, you try to scream, but you can’t make a sound…
The sound of footsteps has gone. You’re almost desperate now. But then you see a flash of daylight above you. The sun, finally! You feel how the earth pushes you up
. A few seconds later you’re back on the grass and feel the earth closing underneath you. You can feel the sun on your skin again, the grass tickling your bare feet. You’re relaxed, calm and peaceful. Once you feel that, you wake up.